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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALDZEITUING Vol 149 No 83 18 pages in 2 sections March 22 2000 WEDNESDAY ServingComalCountysi since 1852 50 cents School district budgets feel force of gasoline prices BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Local school district transportation departments are feel ing the pinch of rising gasoline and diesel fuel prices and could be forced to make cuts next year if fuel costs remain high or continue climbing With retail gas prices throughout the country continuing to inch closer to a gallon the United States Energy Department reported earlier this month prices could soar even higher during the summer driving season Motor fuel prices are rising because of high crude oil prices and tight petroleum supplies caused by the Organi zation of Petroleum Exporting Countries production cut backs White House officials are working to persuade oil export ing countries to increase production and erase a 2million barreladay global supply shortfall when they meet March See Area school districts could be making room in their budgets to fund higher gas costs in the 200001 school year One dis trict reported its fuel costs have doubled since last year K JESSIE HeraldZeitung Room with a view Submitted photo A view of New Braunfels is pictured through a window in the Brauntex Theater projection booth The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Association is a nonprofit group seeking to restore and reopen the historic Brauntex Theater in downtown New Braunfels as a perform ing arts venue See more about the renovation process on page 5B Commission considers bed tax split BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer Despite the recent buzz about spending more bed tax money on arts and heritage groups no new requests were made at the Heritage Com missions Tuesday night meet ing The requests stay the same year to commission member Victor Sponenberg said The sevenmember com mission typically meets once a year to discuss how tax revenue a ded icated tax with restricted uses should be spent on heritage organizations Its recommen dation is brought before New Braunfels City Council for final approval Money currently brought in by the citys 7 percent tax is divvied up between the arts and heritage organizations Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce 55 percent and for the upkeep of the New Braunfels Civic Center The remaining 19 percent has been frozen for two years by New Braunfels City Coun cil but more than voters have asked the city to spend it on historic restoration and preservation projects and pro grams that enhance the arts or buildings with historic signif icance The chamber has asked the city to consider spending that money on a convention cen ter Residents will vote on the issue May 6 At Tuesdays meeting com mission chairman Pete Schlumberger commended the heritage groups on their pro posals and the good work theyve done throughout the year Recommendations include allocating the more than available to the fol lowing groups to the Heritage Society of New Braunfels to the New Braun fels Conservation Society to the New Braun fels Historic Museums Asso ciation See Aesthetics ordinance on table BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer The New Braunfels Planning Commission met Tuesday evening for its third workshop to discuss a proposed aesthetics ordinance to pre vent unsightly businesses and struc tures from compromising highly vis ible areas of the city At the end of the hourlong work shop at the New Braunfels Munici pal Building 424 S Castell the commission decided to narrow its immediate focus to restriction of the downtown historic area of the city Commissioners decided to devel op a draft ordinance for what prob ably would be the most restricted pocket of the city They would then use the downtown draft as a building block for planning proposed aes thetic ordinances in other parts of the city In their second workshop meet ing commissioners discussed pre liminary boundaries for several over lay districts which would hover above key areas and scenic corri dors that have an impact on resi See INSIDE Key Code 76 Bulverde woman turns herself in to authorities FROM STAFF REPORTS A 57yearold Bulverde woman turned herself into the Comal Coun ty Sheriffs Office Monday on a war rant stemming from a 1997 aggra vated assault against a Department of Public Safety Highway patrol troop er authorities said Republic of Texas member Car olyn Carney was convicted by a Comal County jury in January 1998 of aggravated assault of a public ser vant and sentenced to ten years in prison and fined The incident occurred in June 1997 when DPS troopers attempted to serve a subpoena at Carneys home Carney was hiding in an upstairs closet with a handgun and pointed it at trooper James Jones when he opened the closet door authorities said Carneys conviction was upheld in an appeal to a court in Austin which handed down its judgement March 3 Carney is being held at the Comal County Jail and will be transferred to a Texas Department of Corrections prison to serve her sentence author ities said Citizen of the year AMANQA Larry Phelps left was presented the Citizen of the Year award by the Herald Zeitung Advertising Manager Mike Whitworth and Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson Tuesday night at the New Braunfels Civic Center Phelps volunteer coordi nator for New Braunfels Rebounds and a small volunteer construction crew have repaired 50 homes damaged or destroyed by the October 1998 flood for families who either received little gov ernment assis tance or could not afford to pay con tractors